- 1[transitive] to destroy, kill or hit somebody/something suddenly and with force zap somebody/something The monster got zapped by a flying saucer (= in a computer game). It's vital to zap stress fast. zap somebody/something with something He jumped like a man who'd been zapped with 1 000 volts.
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to do something very fast I'm zapping through (= reading very fast) some modern novels at the moment.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] zap (something) to use the remote control to change television channels quickly See related entries: Watching TV
- 4[intransitive, transitive] zap (somebody/something) + adv./prep. to move, or make somebody/something move, very fast in the direction mentioned synonym zip The racing cars zapped past us. Word Origin 1920s (originally US): imitative.
BrE BrE//zæp//; NAmE NAmE//zæp//(informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they zap
BrE BrE//zæp//; NAmE NAmE//zæp//he / she / it zaps
BrE BrE//zæps//; NAmE NAmE//zæps//past simple zapped
BrE BrE//zæpt//; NAmE NAmE//zæpt//past participle zapped
BrE BrE//zæpt//; NAmE NAmE//zæpt//-ing form zapping
BrE BrE//ˈzæpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈzæpɪŋ//Watching TV